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I have heard of a few options, such as a "float strap"(example), the rubber strap that comes with 35mm disposable cameras(example), and a wrist mount(example).

I have heard of these, but have no experience with any of them. I will be snorkeling not scuba diving, and want two things: not to lose my equipment, and to be able to take pictures of fish. What will best help me accomplish this? If it matters the camera will be a GoPro 960 and shooting in burst or time-lapse mode.

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As far as floating, I'd be tempted to just zip tie a couple of empty water bottles to a strap personally. –  rfusca Feb 16 '12 at 4:36
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We have a Sony P&S that can be used underwater and what we're currently doing (as in today) in Hawaii is using a hair elastic around the wrist strap to tighten it against the wrist. It works great and this is while snorkelling in the Pacific.

In other words, I don't think you need to spend money on a solution here...

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My use is a bit different -- I take a waterproof camera kayaking. I have a small carabiner connected to the strap of the camera, which I snap onto my life jacket. The strap is only about a foot long, and with the camera always connected to my PFD it's always within reach and I can easily maneuver to get the photo I want.

Disclaimer: I don't know anything about snorkeling. I'm guessing you're basically staying on the surface and just breathing through that tube thing because you looked at the float strap, so perhaps you wear a PFD, too. If incorrect, an extra $0.02: you don't want a float strap because it's always going to pull the camera up and away from you.

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Snorkeling you can use a PFD, but you certainly do not need to in most conditions. Also, yes I will be diving down 8-12ft below the surface to capture shots. Thank you for your answer! –  dpollitt Feb 16 '12 at 14:44
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Our friend took my daughter's waterproof Olympus camera on a cruise, and as a condition of borrowing it she bought one of these float straps — the exact one you link, in fact. This successfully prevented the camera from being lost during a "swim with the dolphins!" event.

It's a little bulky, but also has a clip that detaches easily (but reasonably securely) so you can just attach that part when you're going in the water, and use the camera without for the other parts of your trip without fiddling with attaching and removing it.

And it's not horribly awkward in use — and, amazingly for a photo accessory, at under $10 (from Amazon or Adorama) the price is reasonable.

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But would a strap that works well for swim with the dolphins work well while driving down a bit during snorkeling? I'm not sure of the buoyancy. I know this is third party knowledge, but any guesses? Or is that what you mean by the clip? Detach the floatation device while going in the water? –  dpollitt Feb 16 '12 at 14:20
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It's buoyant but not so much that you can't easily take it underwater intentionally. If you let go, though, the camera will go up, and the bright color of the strap means you have a chance of spotting it in that case. –  mattdm Feb 16 '12 at 14:33
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